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Bonnie Wenick-Kutz, left, poses for a photo with Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate School District (DSISD) Superintendent Doug Leisenring after Wenick-Kutz was honored at the DSISD school board meeting last week. Wenick-Kutz retired from her position on the board after 27 years of service.

Wenick-Kutz retires from ISD board after 27 years

ESCANABA — A Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate School District (DSISD) school board member recently retired after serving 27 years on the board. Bonnie Wenick-Kutz, of Perronville, was recognized for the achievement at a special ceremony during the DSISD’s regular meeting last Thursday. ...

Escanaba schools to seek millage

ESCANABA — The Escanaba School Board unanimously approved seeking a 2.2 mill ($2.20 tax per $1,000 of taxable value) sinking fund millage at a special meeting Monday evening. The fate of the millage request will be decided by Escanaba voters in May. Since late November, Superintendent Coby ...

Schools close for second day

Weather conditions have caused some local schools to close today (Tuesday, Jan. 22). Closures include: Bark River-Harris, Big Bay, Delta-Schoolcraft ISD, Escanaba, Gladstone, Holy Name, Hannahville, Mid Peninsula, North Central, Rapid River. Manistique schools and St. Francis de Sales school ...

Guilty plea in construction site assault case

FORD RIVER TOWNSHIP — A dry-waller charged with seriously assaulting a mason worker at a home construction site in Ford River Township last year recently pleaded guilty to felonious assault in Delta County Circuit Court. Jacob Nathanial Anderson Jr., 18, of Escanaba, intentionally struck a ...

Gladstone ready to hammer out city budget

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone city commission laid out a timeline Monday to address the city’s budget and the upcoming retirement of City Assessor Vicki Esch. City staff have already been busy hammering out the details of the city’s budget, but, the commission, which ultimately approves ...

Recall petition hearing postponed to Thursday

ESCANABA — A Delta County Election Commission clarity hearing on a recall petition scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. today has been postponed due to inclement weather, the county officials announced. This hearing has been rescheduled for Thursda at 2 p.m. Then, the election commission ...

Wisconsin tribe sues to block U.P. gold mine

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin tribe is suing the federal government in hopes of blocking a proposed gold mine in the Upper Peninsula. Aquila Resources Inc. wants to dig the Back Forty Mine on the Menominee River but needs a state permit to fill wetlands. The river is a key part of ...

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Delta County Sheriff Ed Oswald, left, presents Gladstone Area High School U.S. history teacher and football/track coach Kent King with a lifesaving award for his actions at the scene of a rollover accident that happened last fall.

Teacher/coach gets award for rescuing students from vehicle after accident

GLADSTONE — Gladstone Area High School U.S. history teacher and football/track coach Kent King was recently lauded by the Delta County Sheriff’s Department (DCSD) for the role he played in responding to a rollover accident last fall. “He (Sheriff Ed Oswald) presented Kent with a ...

Wells Township house fire being investigated

WELLS TOWNSHIP — Investigation continues into the cause of a fire that damaged a Wells Township home Friday night, according to Escanaba Public Safety. No injuries were reported. Firefighters were dispatched at 10:30 p.m. to a structure fire at 7142 K.5 Lane. Upon arrival, flames were ...

Escanaba Area Schools move forward with millage

ESCANABA — The Escanaba School Board unanimously approved moving forward with a 2.2 mil ($2.20 tax per $1,000 of taxable value) millage for a proposed sinking fund during a special meeting held on Monday evening. The millage is slated to be placed on the May 2018 ballot. For more about ...

Area schools close due to storm

Anticipation of a winter storm prompted some local schools to close today (Monday, Jan. 22). Closures include: Bark River-Harris, Big Bay, Delta-Schoolcraft ISD, Escanaba, Gladstone, Hannahville, Manistique, Mid Peninsula, North Central, Rapid River.

Wood heating not just for homes

ESCANABA — The use of wood energy for heating in the central Upper Peninsula has largely been stable, MSU Extension Forester/Biologist Bill Cook said. According to Cook, wood can be an effective choice for the heating needs of institutions and households alike. “It’s remained steady — ...

Prison term in drunken driving case

ESCANABA — A Gladstone man was sentenced to prison last week after pleading guilty to driving drunk as an habitual offender. The judgment was handed down in Delta County Circuit Court. Gary Allen Bruce, 40, of 7575 Rays M.7 Circle Dr., Gladstone, was arrested in August in Brampton Township ...

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Escanaba High School junior Dan Martin, in back, helps Rapid River kindergartner, Edye, make her way down the ski hill at the John and Melissa Besse Sports Park in Gladstone Thursday during the park’s after school program.

After school program teaches kids to ski

GLADSTONE — Now in its seventh year, the after school program at the John and Melissa Besse Sports Park in Gladstone has taught hundreds of area school children to ski and snowboard. Each season, the program grows and this year could be a banner year — not just for the program, but for the ...

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City approves plan for DDA deficit

ESCANABA — Escanaba City Council approved a plan Thursday to eliminate a deficit in the Downtown Development Authority’s (DDA) 2016-2017 budget, which was in the red by more than $300,000 at the end of the fiscal year. The deficit was due to a $500,000 internal loan from the city that was ...

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Explosion, fire send two to hospital with burns

MARQUETTE COUNTY — Troopers from the Michigan State Police (MSP) Negaunee Post are investigating a structure fire that resulted in two people being seriously injured ­Thursday. At 10:54 p.m., troopers were dispatched by Marquette Central Dispatch to a fire at a camp at 58820 Co. Rd. 426 in ...

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U.S. Postal Service rates to increase Sunday

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sending mail through the United States Postal Service is about to get more expensive. Postal rates go up this Sunday. The new rates, which were approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission last November, include a one-cent price increase of the Forever stamp from 49 cents ...

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The Chicago Fire Department ship that has been an unofficial “landmark” in Escanaba for many years is shown being dismantled for scrap last week. The ship, which is currently owned by North Shore Marine Terminal & Logistics (formerly Basic Marine, Inc.) of Escanaba, has been a popular subject for photographs by tourists over the years.

Old ship ‘landmark’ being dismantled

ESCANABA — An old fire ship that has been landlocked for over 10 years at North Shore Marine Terminal & Logistics (formerly known as Basic Marine, Inc.) in Escanaba is in the final stages of being taken apart. The ship sat in the middle of a field off of the 600 block of 1st Avenue ...

Esky gives OK for solar energy bids

ESCANABA — The Escanaba City Council gave the electric department the go-ahead Thursday to seek bids to construct a proposed solar energy system to offset the city’s future electric costs by using free power from the sun. For the past couple years, the Escanaba Electrical Advisory ...

Man, dog escape from burning home

ESCANABA TOWNSHIP — A resident and his dog escaped a house fire in Escanaba Township Thursday night, according to Escanaba Township Fire Chief Matt Rian, who reported no injuries to the occupant or firefighters who responded to the emergency. Firefighters were dispatched at around 11:15 ...